January is cervical cancer awareness month. This is a great time to schedule your annual pelvic exam and pap smear. In addition, if you are age 30 and older, you might want to ask your doctor about having an hpv test. Hpv, or human papillomavirus, is the primary cause of all cervical cancer.
A number of leading health organizations, including the american cancer society and the american college of obstetricians and gynecologists, published new recommendations for cervical cancer screening that include hpv testing. With a negative hpv test, you and your doctor can be almost 100 percent certain there is no significant risk of cervical disease or cancer.